Yoga for Athletes

10 Sporty Athletic Yoga Videos

Leslie Perryman • March 24, 2015
Yoga is the perfect cross-training to balance your typical workout routine. The complimentary benefits of lengthening and conditioning muscle structures will enhance your performance and keep you feeling your best.Athletes will tell you that weight bearing sports put an enormous amount of stress and strain on your body. From your hips to your hamstrings or lower back sports can put a real burden on your muscles. Athletic Yoga combines the cardiovascular exercise of a short dynamic warm up with the stretching achieved through more traditional fitness stretches. This type of yoga is especially designed for athletes and is perfect for before and after your traditional training regimen or practice session. Professional sportsmen from runners and tennis players to American footballers have all started to integrate yoga into their lives. 20 Minute Pre-Run Warm Up Yoga
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1. Yoga for Athletes: Increase Flexibility
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In this Yoga for Athletes class, Tammy will lead you through a series of lower body poses designed to increase flexibility. Perfect for intermediate and advanced students, this class will aid cross-training flexibility.
2. Yoga for Athletes: Feet and Foundation
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Discover the foundational elements of aligned movement. This Grokker Premium video breaks down the basic principles of setting a solid foundation so you can build your yoga practice effectively, efficiently and safely. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant will explain alignment and awareness needed to keep your joints safe and keep your body moving properly as you develop your practice. Designed for beginners but all levels are welcome for this refreshing foundations class.
3. Pre-Run Warm Up
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This is an instructional yoga video that is perfect for a pre-run warm up. It incorporates a bit of core work and lots of hamstring and hip flexor lengthening. As always, be sure to move within a pain-free range, and breathe full, deep breaths.
4. 15 minute gentle yoga for athletes
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This is a gentle yoga sequence especially great for athletes. As many athletes have tight hips and hamstrings, this sequence intends to bring length into those areas, which also help release lower back tension. Always work within a pain-free range.
5. Yoga for Skateboarders: Leg Stretching
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Heighten your performance and stretch those legs. If you're suffering from ankle immobilization, tight joints, and sore legs, Ashleigh has created the perfect sequence for alleviating your chronic symptoms. Designed for skateboarders, but effective for all athletes who experience these symptoms, the targeted postures that Ashleigh showcases in this video will allow you to feel, and perform, at your best.
6. Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis
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Stretching is an important part of preventing and healing plantar fasciitis. Daily stretching can help you heal your aching heel. Seeing a foot and ankle doc made all the difference in the world, so don't delay.
7. Runner's Lunge - Foundations of Yoga
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Learn Runner's Lunge with Adriene! (Not just for runners! For everyone!) This foundational posture is often used in Hatha Yoga sequences and is great for the hips, glutes, groin, quads and hamstrings. A great warm up for almost any exercise. "Cool Runnings!!!" "Cool Runnings" means "Peace be the journey."
8. Upper Body Stretch
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Open up chest, shoulders and upper back with a few yoga stretches. Great before swimming, boxing, tennis, golf.
9. Post Run Stretch
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Take 10 minutes to stretch after your run and your body will thank you.
10. Yoga for Athletes: Beginner's Breath
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Learn how to sync movement and breath. In this Grokker Premium video you'll be introduced to the basics of the powerful yogic skill of synchronizing mind, body and breath. Grokker Yoga Expert Ashleigh Sergeant will teach you to connect to the rhythm of your breath and follow it throughout the entire practice. Discover the benefits for yourself! All levels welcome.
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